Marianne obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. After working several years as a nurse in both the neonatal intensive care and labor and delivery units, she obtained her Masters in Nurse Midwifery from the University of Illinois at Chicago, after which she passed the American Midwifery Certification Board examination to qualify as a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM).As the daughter of a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, Marianne grew up in South Africa and traveled extensively throughout Africa and Europe as a young person. Her family later settled in Northern Virginia, where many of them live today. From a young age, Marianne knew that she wanted to become a nurse midwife. She had the opportunity to watch her mother, also a nurse-midwife, first in South Africa and later in a freestanding birth Center in Bethesda, Maryland, care for women throughout labor and birth in ways that would leave a lasting impression.
Marianne and Chris met in Charlottesville, Virginia where they married in 1994. She is the mother of five children: Ian (19), Colin (17), and Mackenzie (15), Alima (9), and Masalay (9). Alima and Masalay are adoptees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who joined the family in the summer of 2016 after a long, difficult journey. Marianne is a parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, where she is a Eucharistic minister and involved in numerous other activities. She has worked extensively with Allen County right to life and other organizations to champion life whenever possible. Marianne is passionate about education, seeing knowledge as the key to good decision-making. She believes that every woman has the right to good, transparent information about her childbirth choices. She believes a great midwife and a great teacher are one and the same; “That’s probably why I enjoyed homeschooling so much. It’s a lot like being a midwife – there’s nothing more exciting than seeing people utilize what they’ve learned.”
Marianne and Chris worked together in an integrated physician – midwifery practice for almost 10 years in southwest Georgia. There, Marianne was the first hospital-based nurse midwife to work in the community, paving the way for many others that followed her. After several years, she began transitioning out of clinical practice in order to homeschool their three children. Marianne is thrilled to have returned to clinical practice and the Fertility and Midwifery Care Center.